Articles

Babette's Feast and the Goodness of God

Thomas J. Curry

Abstract

This article attempts to answer the preeminent question Babette’s Feast invites viewers to consider: Why does Babette choose to expend everything she has to make her feast? Of the critical studies made of the film, few have considered analytically crucial the catastrophic backstory of Babette, the violence of which is implied and offscreen. Appreciation of the singularity of Babette’s own personhood and the darker aspects of her experience, and not only how she might act as a figure of Christ, are key to understanding the motivating force behind her meal and its transformative effect: That through the feast Babette lays to rest the horrors of her past and takes refuge in God’s goodness.

Suggested Citation

Thomas J. Curry. "Babette's Feast and the Goodness of God" Journal of Religion & Film 16.2 (2012).
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/thomas_curry/1